average. when I first moved to Philly, one year ago, the first restaurant were we went was the white dog cafe, it was really great. Then we went there again, but I really feel that the food is always the same! The thing which I love is their bread!
BEST BLOCK PARTIES. I love the White Dos Block Parties. I now live in Richmond, VA and arrange my travels to attend the block parties. The crowd is always fun and loving, the music a great variety and the food est ce manifique Even though you are in the middle of West Philly you feel safe & surrounded by good people. I miss the White Dogs table talks and garden walks there is NOTHING like this restaurant here in Richmond, VA,
Think globally, eat locally: Proof that a socially conscious organic meal can satisfy on many levels..
Owner Judy Wicks is Philly's own Alice Waters. At her Victorian brownstone, she holds events year round that pair community activism with fine dining. Whatever the day (or occasion), seasonal, pesticide-free produce and humanely raised fish and fowl are transformed into internationally inspired cuisine. Rainbow trout may be topped with Brazilian nuts and rum sauce; locally raised chicken may come roasted and homemade brioche French toast may be topped with pear and cranberry compote.
Service was fine, but the food was another story. I had the worst, and most expensive ($9!), pancakes I've ever eaten in a restaurant. The menu called them Strawberry Lemon Marscapone pancakes (Sunday brunch). They tasted like none of those things, nor were there any recognizable strawberries of any sort. They were very sweet, but the batter still had clumps of dry mix in it. I asked the waiter his reccomendation, as I couldn't decide between the mushroom omelet and the pancakes. Obviously he steered me wrong. Other than that the service was fine, we were in and out in under an hour. It was cramped and crowded. If you're curious, though, go for brunch because things are much more affordable (it was $26 including tip for 2 people).
Never to Return. I believe I received the worst service of my life and paid the most money for it. Our server had 2 other tables who were practically done eating when we sat down and we still had to wait 10 minutes for her to come to us. She behaved as though she was doing us a favor every time she brought something (which wasn't often). She never refilled water, never asked how we were. She just stood around trying to look busy. The food was dismal, the wine was disgusting and our service was atrocious. I've never in my life paid that much for such a horrible experience. Bland, tasteless food. Dogs all over the place. Being a server myself, I won't even call that "service". This was the first time I've ever left less than a 20 percent tip.
So disappointing........ I really WANTED to like the White Dog... but the service was really, really bad and the food was average or below average. I've heard so many people say good things... so I'll try again. But, my first experience there was so disappointing.
Always the Best!. This is one of my favorite places in Philly because no matter what you're in the mood for (casual bar food or upscale dinning, breakfast, lunch or dinner) this place always hits the spot. The place has a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and even though the food is always top notch, it is never pretentious and always special.
Always the Best!. I have been a customer for 15 years and love this place! It is versatile in the sense that there is a casual dining area near the bar, and a more pricey, upscale dining room in the back. No matter what you are in the mood for, this place always delivers the most imaginative dishes, friendly service and a great atmosphere. No matter what you order, they always put an interesting spin on it, so food is never dull.
Go to New Deck Tavern next door, instead. too cramped, too expensive, average food and the activist atmosphere might be fine for a political rally but otherwise is just plain tacky. I remember 15 years ago this place was truly excellent, although was pricey even then. After losing the head chef (or so I heard) it's been downhill ever since. Avoid sitting in the downstairs dining area as they have tried to capitalize on past success by cramming in ever more tables without commensurate increase in floorspace. Try out the New Deck Tavern next door if you're interested.
Bad Dog, no biscuit. I went for my sister's birthday. The place is incredibly cramped, so I found myself stuck between a wall and a lamp. As far as the ambience of the place, I suppose it's great if you're a fan of the "whole lotta crazy crap on the walls" decor that is popular at places like Ruby Tuesdays. The pricey piece of fish that I ordered arrived looking pale, frightened and begging for me to put it out of its misery. However, I found myself chomping down on more pin-bones than fish, and for the absurd prices they really could have removed those pin-bones. The calamari had such a salt level that I swear deer were eyeing up my plate. I would sooner recommend the McFish-wich to any seafood there. On a positive note, my sister's veggie platter was delicious. Perhaps it's their way of punishing us who choose to eat meat.
Horrendous Valentine's Day. I heard such good things about White Dog a long time ago so I made reservations for my romantic Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. They had a price fixed menu that was overpriced to begin with and we should have seen the red flags. White Dog Cafe shouldn't cost $65/person. This is not a downtown hot spot! After a carafe of wine for $22, tip, and tax, our dinner was over $200!! The shrimp fritters appetizer was 4 latkas filled w/ 3 shrimps in total. The lamb tenderloins smelled like body odor and were thrown on the plate. The beef filet was overcooked and tasteless with a potato salad and garlic mix. The coat check was a big mess in the Black Cat store that it's connected to. The only thing noteable was the nice service and huge, tasty desserts. White Dog Cafe is overpriced and a BIG disappointment.
Gap between aspirations and delivery. After three visits to the White Dog, I find an undeniable gap between aspirations and delivery, between rhetoric and actions. The handsome, hand picked decor, the quirky looking servers, the detailed menu all seem to say 'this is a special place. Prepare for a dining experience.' But it all crumbles when the dishes start arriving: too many dominant ingredients, too sloppy cooking. My orcchieta, thin, quarter shaped pieces of pasta, were way over cooked. They were drenched in what the menu called 'rich' sauce. But the sauce seemed to contain every stray ingredient found in the kitchen, leading to a mishmash of competing tastes, struggling with each other.
A Gem. This is one of favorite restaurants in the city. It's always reassuring to find that the ingredients are fresh and organic and vegan entrees are an option. Everything tastes great. I also love the fact that they have socially responsible philosophies.
A Bone to Pick. We enjoyed our visit very much and found this restaurant to be very charming, with the whimsical dog theme. They have a lot to offer when dining with children, but I would go there as a couple as well. The otherwise pleasant server was a little careless and seemed rushed, and they were out of what seemed to be the best vegan entree. (Where is their social consciousness?) Why not offer soymilk so vegans can enjoy it with their coffee? Even Starbuck's does that! Overall, we loved this restaurant. We would and will recommend it to others.
good food....interesting help... finally made it there after walking past it everyday going to school. food was excellent. friend i took is vegetarian and got a great meal. interesting decor. only complaint was the waitress we got was a little..umm...loopy and the tea tasted funny even after sending it back for a new one...but oh well. would go back.
a unique dining experience. tasty food, fun atmosphere. I don't know if I would like it now since I am now a Vegetarian and I don't know what kind of Veggie options they have. It's kind of a place for SUV driving mega stock option carrying wannabe hippies who think they are cool because they voted for Al Gore. Go Figure. It is on a fantatic neat side street near UPENN. The building is great. The atmosphere is great. The food is neatly presented. The staff seems a little bit arrogant though. GET RESERVATIONS!!!! One more thing, they try to act like cool Ralph Nader lovers (who still voted for Gore) but if they are so cool and progressive, why is there so much meat on their menu (Calfs liver? YUCK!)
The Best. Probably my favorite restaurant in the city. I have never, ever, had a bad meal here. The menu is inventive, always the freshest, usually organic ingredients; the environment is warm and cozy and homey and funky, service is good, and I love Judith Wicks' politics. She is a true citizen, and contributes immensely to this city and to furthering social justice. The staff are friendly. Try the chocolate-caramel pie - it is to die for. And I love the Snaggletooth Red house wine.
OK food, overpriced, self-righteous. One can't deny the quality of ingredients, or that the menu is pretty interesting at the White Dog. However the prices are out of whack with a) the food, b) the level of service and c) all of the Marxist crap that one has to eat along with the entrees. Shouldn't Marxists serve food priced for the downtrodden masses? That one is force-fed so much tired, hippy, self-righteous political "hooray for our side" polemic is a huge disincentive for me to go to the White Dog. That it is in a good location, in a charming building, that the food is pretty good causes my wife to force me to go there sometimes.